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Double double, toil and trouble... something wicked this way comes!!!

JOHN WILLIAMS
and the
Prisoner of Azkaban


I had forgotten that the soundtrack album for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban had come out on Tuesday.


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I was a huge fan of John Williams' score for the first film; while it didn't really break too much new ground, nobody composes a score of this kind quite as well as Williams does. Williams was not available to compose the entire score for the second film, so he composed several themes and a few cues, which were then arranged by William Ross. While the music from The Chamber of Secrets is quite good, and works well in the film, it relies more upon material from the first film than I think the score would have had Williams composed it top to bottom.

Williams returned full-time for this series entry, and this score is very different from the first film's. Parts of it are more playful, others more intense. The more frightening edge added to the second film's score is present here, just as menacing but more aggressive.

The final cue of the CD, "Mischief Managed," seems to be the end credits of the film, which is interesting as it does not follow the format of the initial two finales ("Harry's Wondrous World" followed by the concert arrangements of the themes from the film), but is one of the most dramatic finales that Williams has composed in some time.

There is a recording of "Double Trouble," which is the choral music from the first trailer based upon the "something wicked this way comes" passage from Shakespeare's Macbeth, although on the album it has a harpsichord over it on the album.



Thrice the brinded cat hath mew'd.
Thrice, and once the hedge-pig whin'd.
Harpier cries; 'tis time, 'tis time.
Round about the cauldron go;
In the poison'd entrails throw.
Toad, that under cold stone
Days and nights has thirty-one
Swelt'red venom sleeping got,
Boil thou first i' th' charmed pot.

Double, double, toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the cauldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of baty and toungue of dog,
Adder's fork and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg and howlet's wing,
For a charm of pow'rful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

Double, double, toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf,
Witches' mummy, maw and gulf
Of the ravin'd salt-sea shark,
Root of hemlock digg'd i' th' dark,
Liver of blaspheming Jew*
Gall of goat, and slips of yew
Sliver'd in the moon's eclipse,
Nose of Turk and Tartar's lips,
Finger of birth-strangled babe
Ditch-delivered by a drab,
Make the gruel thick and slab.
Add thereto a tiger's chaudron,
For th' ingredients of our cauldron.

Double, double, toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

Cool it with a baboon's blood,
Then the charm is firm and good.

Macbeth - ACT IV, Scene I



The Return of the King Errata


I exchanged the DVD that I bought Tuesday for a new one. It turns out that it was just that particular disc that had the lousy sound, not the pressing. This does not excuse the lack of a trailer for the extended version, but it does alleviate the curse a little bit.




Speaking of DVDs with bad sound, the lackluster and harsh Dolby Digital 5.1 track on Spider-Man kept me from purchasing that disc. My waiting has not been in vain, though. On June 1, Columbia TriStar will be releasing a Superbit edition of the film, which will have a DTS track. This should take care of the problems I had with the sound. Just in time for Spider-Man 2, which I fully expect to rule.


School's Out


I just handed in my last two papers for school. I am now officially done with my work for the term.

Now I just have to wait for my grades.


Personal Issues


With so much going on in my life that is positive, my positive fortune has been giving me some feelings of guilt because many of my friends are dealing with plenty of strife in their lives.

On the other hand, I don't mind dealing with my friends' while they are in pain. This is something that my friends need to remember. What manner of friend am I not to at least try to help them, and moreover, what's wrong with getting a little deeper with them?

Perhaps it is because I have so carefully chosen my friends that I can have this opinion, but it is something I believe in.

* That's not in the adaptation for the film... I wonder why?
Tags: film music, harry potter, john williams, lord of the rings
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